Infallibility–its not just for Popes anymore.
Judging from the rage from the usual mavens of the Professional Left I guess it is high time that we all admit that they–like the Popes–are infallible. Their ideas, strategies, policies and tactics are always exactly right and to question these pearls of wisdom runs the risk of excommunication from their very, very cool progressive club. And who would want to suffer that fate and lose the ability to work with these clever folks to devise more of their sure fire plans for legislative success through instant and complete progress.
After all, look how well that whole ‘no health care reform without a Public Option’ strategy worked. The momentum of the progressive agenda was slowed down so that we could have that very important fight with Blue Dogs to prove who was the most powerful force in Washington. Sure this pissing match gave the wingnuts breathing room and talking points to organize against the progressive agenda. And yes, Climate change, DOMA, DADT, Immigration Reform and a host of other issues had to be sacrificed so we could have this very useful dick measuring contest with the Blue Dogs, but everybody now knows that HCR sucks because it did not have a Public Option. So all in all, the Professional Left seems to have define it as a successful strategy.
And their wisdom keeps raining down upon us all as the Infallible Professionals of the Left keeps on devising new and even more unrealistic goals to purify the movement of heretics and unbelievers. A whole series of policy ideas with no chance of ever being enacted into law have been presented and must be enacted exactly as imagined or a betrayal must be declared. And when these very clever tactics fail–as they almost always do–it must be somebody else’s fault (usually that Black guy in the White House). And that’s when the real fun of ginning up anger and rage for more fund-raising, ratings and perceived power gets to swing into full gear. Frankly, that seems to be the goal of the entire project as the cavalcade of Infallibility rises up to condemn others while protecting the purity and perfection of their ideas.
And if one dares to mention that they might not be infallible or that they might be wrong–then they will go medieval in their outrage and condemnation. Even the most gentle effort to mention the consistent failure of their strategies and tactic fills them with Holy rage.
In his press conference today, President Obama called these folks out and smashed their myth of infallibility. Good for him. It is about time somebody told these folks that tantrums about the failure of their magical thinking is not really useful. Naturally all the usual folks are filled with all of the usual rage. Nothing can be allowed to stop their tantrums. Nobody can stop the mavens of the Professional Left from trying to turn every policy discussion into another excuse to re-enact the Alamo and/or Picket’s Charge.
But–maybe, just maybe calling out this nonsense will convince others to doubt the wisdom and infallibly of these self-appointed voices of progressives, liberals and Democrats. It is way past time for these folks to own their recent errors of judgement, tactics, strategies and advice. Their ideas were never infallible and frankly quite a few of them were bad ideas. Infallibility never existed for the Popes and it does not exist among those new and old media types who make their living by presenting themselves as anointed spokespeople for the Left.
It is clear that they hate folks pointing out that they are professionals almost as much as they hate calls for them to be accountable for the things they say and do. Sure, they demand that from everybody else, but they also demand a free pass for their infallible selves. Obama called them out on this nonsense today and I expect their levels of outrage to flip into Spanish Inquisition mode at any moment.
And yet, I no longer care who they wish to purge, what their policy ideas are or their calls to action. There are important things to do and real problems to solve. Fortunately there are lots of people, groups and policy makers working to solve them. I think I’ll throw in with these folks. I’ve no more patience for the self-appointed progressive police and their self-indulgent demands to treat all of our politics and problems as a fantasy world of perfect choices.